Only nineteen members of the military have received the TWO Medals of Honor. John Cooper (AKA John Laver Mather Cooper), a Coxswain in the US Navy during the Civil War received two for his actions in the Battle of Mobile Bay and its aftermath. Cooper was born in Ireland in 1832 and lived in New York. Cooper died on August, 22, 1891 and is buried in Brooklyn, NY.
On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee, in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite severe damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks from stem to stern, Cooper fought his gun with skill and courage throughout the furious battle which resulted in the surrender of the prize rebel ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan.
SECOND AWARD Served as quartermaster on Acting Rear Admiral Thatcher’s staff. During the terrific fire at Mobile, on 26 April 1865, at the risk of being blown to pieces by exploding shells, Cooper advanced through the burning locality, rescued a wounded man from certain death, and bore him on his back to a place of safety. G.O. No.: 62, 29 June 1865.
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